For the thousands of students who began at North West Regional College this month, and for the thousands who’ve studied in the Limavady, Derry~Londonderry or Strabane Campuses before them, Ann McGarrigle is one of the most recognisable members of staff. As Health & Welfare Officer, Ann is on hand to help and support students with issues that affect them in their personal or academic lives, and she has worked in further education for almost three decades.
How would you describe yourself?
Larger than life.
Happiest childhood memory?
Days out on picnics in Donegal.
What was your first job?
Summer job in Hunters Bakery, Strand Road.
The Inn of the 6th Happiness by Nevil Shute.
Favourite television programme?
Strictly Come Dancing.
We can work it out.
Favourite method of relaxation?
Walking on Benone beach.
Favourite holiday destination?
Without question America.
Who would you most like to meet?
Rod Stewart (I am one blonde he missed)
What makes you angry?
Bad Mannered people.
What makes you happy?
Seeing other people happy.
What human quality do you most admire?
What human quality do you least admire?
What has been the most embarrassing thing to happen to you?
Being mistaken for Mo Mowlam on an official visit to a factory, when I was actually there to see a student.
What was the worst thing to happen to you in your life?
Death of my son aged 20.
What is your greatest fear?
What has been the high point of your life to date?
The birth of my grandchildren, Alec and Ross.
How would you like to be remembered?
As reliable and trustworthy, what you see is what you get.
What is your most treasured possession?
At present it would definitely be my iPad.
If you won the lotto what would you do with it?
Share it, with friends and colleagues.
If you could be granted one wish in life, what would you ask for?
I would ask that no child in the world would be hungry, ever again.
If you could write your own epitaph what would it be?
It would have to be “Best Stew Maker”, due to all the meals I cooked for students living in accommodation in Limavady over the years.